[Timberlake, SD]: (1908-1912). 27 Real Photo Postcards [9 cm x 14 cm] Most in nice condition. Eight contain manuscript notes. Complete list of views and images available. Item #3999
Frank Cundill (1887-1965) grew up in Maquoketa, Iowa, working in his father's photography studio. After graduating from high school in 1905, he attended Southern School of Photography (McMinnville, TN). He worked as a professional photographer in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa before joining the migration of settlers in the newly opened Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota in the early 1900s. Cundill filed a homestead claim in Timberlake where he would reside for the next four decades working the land as a farmer and rancher. Shortly after arriving in South Dakota, he began taking pictures, some of his best and most valuable work was of the Sioux people of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations. Cundill did not have a studio for making enlargements so his 5” x 7” glass plate negatives were used to produce real photo postcards.